MISS South Africa Ta­maryn Green daz­zled at the 158th run­ning of the Queen’s Plate at Ke­nil­worth Race­course yes­ter­day.

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THE pun­ters, so­cialites and rac­ing fra­ter­nity came out in their droves to open the sum­mer so­cial cal­en­dar at the L’Or­marins Queen’s Plate (LPQ) at Ke­nil­worth race­course yes­ter­day.

Beauty queen Miss SA Ta­maryn Green, who re­cently placed as run­ner-up in the Miss Uni­verse com­pe­ti­tion, was one of the celebri­ties who made an ap­pear­ance on the sec­ond day of the event.

The rac­ing ex­trav­a­ganza con­cluded yes­ter­day, with this be­ing the third year of the LQP was staged over two days with a strict 500-guest gar­den party re­cep­tion held on Fri­day be­fore the main event on Sat­ur­day, which at­tracted over 4000 race­go­ers.

LQP is in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­knowl­edged as one of the best race fes­ti­vals in the world and the weight-for-age mile is one of the old­est horse races in South Africa, with this year mark­ing the 158th run­ning.

This year’s event saw the launch of a new track­side lay­out where all guests had ac­cess to the track and fin­ish line.

LQP co-or­di­na­tor Kather­ine Gray said the change was made to give guests the chance to see the race in full rather than just the end, as had been the case in pre­vi­ous edi­tions.

“We wanted all guests to have an ex­pe­ri­ence of rac­ing, along­side the horses as they ran. In the new lay­out, all guests have ac­cess to the track and fin­ish line, al­low­ing them to be fully im­mersed into the ex­cite­ment,” she said.

Gray said race­go­ers had been wear­ing many lo­cal de­signs in the spirit of what the race pro­motes, while many who en­tered some of the best-dressed com­pe­ti­tions had cre­ated their own de­signs.

“Women make such an ef­fort and over the last few years men have made an ef­fort too, and peo­ple in­cor­po­rate some­thing that isn’t just off-the-shelf and they try to bring in their cul­tures as well.”

Race­go­ers made their way to the event through­out the af­ter­noon in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the sev­enth race, which car­ries a purse of R1.5 mil­lion.

With its clas­sic blue and white theme, celebri­ties and guests alike ar­rived at LQP through­out the af­ter­noon dressed in their best in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the theme.

Ra­dio per­son­al­ity Liezel van der Westhuizen wore a flow­ing white dress with a plung­ing neck­line, paired with white sneak­ers for com­fort on the course and a broad-brim hat with plant pat­terns on the top.

Celebri­ties spot­ted in the crowd in­cluded for­mer Proteas crick­eter Jac­ques Kal­lis and chef Reuben Rif­fel, while for­mer DA par­lia­men­tary leader Lindiwe Maz­ibuko was also spot­ted.

For­mer Jor­dan For­mula One team boss and Top Gear pre­sen­ter Ed­die Jor­dan was also among those in at­ten­dance.

Most of the plants and flow­ers used at the event were brought in from farms in Fran­schhoek and re­planted at the race­course, with the car­bon foot­print min­imised and wa­ter sav­ing kept in mind.

Once the sun set on the rac­ing ac­tiv­i­ties the of­fi­cial af­ter party got into full swing, with Ma­jor League DJs open­ing the party be­fore head­line act, lo­cal DJ PH, took to the stage.

COURT­NEY AFRICA African News Agency (ANA)

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JOCKEY Justin Snaith and Do It Again won the Queen’s Plate 2019 at Ke­nil­worth race­course yes­ter­day.|

MPAKIE Hude and Siv Ngesi.

TLHOMAMO Di­a­mond and Liezel van der Westhuizen.

JOLENE Henke­man, Siyavuya Don­dolo and Anna Nd­i­naky (dresses by Jolene Henke­man).

NCUMISA Mnya­mana, Bu­siswa Maliwa, Ba­balwa Loji and Lindiwe Gwadela.

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